If you want to bring some life to your garden, it is a great idea to plant a tree or two. They will fill up space and provide you with shade, attract wildlife and some overall greenery (especially if you plant reasonable sized and well-established trees).
Regardless at what stage you plant a tree, a young or well-established tree, to give them the best chance of success, it is very important to take the time to do the planting correctly.
Once you purchased your plant and find the right spot for your new tree, as a first step, dig a hole that is at least twice as big as the tree’s existing pot or its root ball. This is vital, as the roots will rapidly grow out into the loose soil.
Then gently place your plant into the hole making sure that the top of the soil from the pot is level with the top of the planting hole. As you get to this step, you might want to ask someone to help you out a little bit by holding your tree straight.
When your tree is at the right spot, carefully fill up the hole around the root ball with soil. It is recommended to mix it with well-rotted compost or manure to improve the soil quality prior to filling the hole up. It is also good practice to add a couple of handfuls of pre-soaked water crystals at this stage.
Stake the tree with at least two stakes and ensure you tie it off gently, don’t strangle it. Allowing it to move a little bit is actually very beneficial, as it will help your tree to develop strong reaction wood.
Before watering, you can also apply a diluted solution of seaweed tonic, which helps quicker establishment.
And as the final step of your tree-planting project, mulch it well, making sure the mulch is not pushed up against the trunk.
And you’re done!
Once everything is done, clean your gardening tools and put them away in your tool storage shed for next time.
Now it is time to enjoy the beauty of your new tree and what it adds to the landscape of your backyard.
Don’t forget to monitor your newest addition to your garden regularly to ensure it settles in nicely and don’t let its soil to dry out, especially over the first few months.